Ex-girlfriend of Facebook murder suspect meets with victim's family

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The man who gunned down a Cleveland retiree and posted a video of the crime on Facebook killed himself Tuesday during a police chase in Pennsylvania that began when a McDonald's employee recognized him. He praised their quick thinking for helping bring resolution to the manhunt that had their community on edge.

Police have not verified any other shootings or deaths, Police Chief Calvin Williams said.

Williams said he hasn't had any direct conversations with social media outlets but thinks it's on the radar for city, state, and federal leaders. The chase never exceeded 50 miles per hour, Teper said. "It's nice when we're all on the same team".

Moments after the FBI's Cleveland office released a new wanted poster in the Facebook killing investigation, the suspect shot himself in the head in Erie, PA.

Stephens' vehicle sustained minor damage after a trooper couldn't stop in time and hit the auto, but no injuries to law enforcement were reported.

"I forgive him because we are all sinners", Robby Miller, Godwin's son, said in an interview with CNN.

Williams also hailed the tipster, as well as the work of local, state and federal law enforcement officials involved in the search.

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Authorities in Cleveland leading a nationwide search for a man wanted in a random killing that was recorded and posted to Facebook are again appealing to the public for help. Investigators had asked residents of five states to be on alert and broadcast Stephens' image on electronic billboards.

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg pledged on Tuesday that his company would do all it could to prevent postings of incidents like Sunday's fatal shooting in Cleveland, which was visible on the social media site for two hours.

Authorities said Robert Godwin Sr., a father of 10 and a former foundry worker, was killed by Steve Stephens while the 74-year-old victim was picking up aluminum cans after spending Easter with family.

Stephens was accused of fatally shooting Robert Godwin Sr in Cleveland, Ohio as the 74-year-old grandfather was walking home from dinner on Easter Sunday.

Facebook says the suspect allegedly uploaded a video at 11:09 a.m. local time on Sunday declaring his intent to commit murder.

Stephens also claimed he had killed more people, but Cleveland Police say they have no known additional victims linked to him.

In a blog post, Facebook's vice president of global operations, Justin Osofsky, said "we know we need to do better" regarding the efficiency of taking down and disabling unsafe content.

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